World Mental Health Day, which takes place on Thursday 10 October, helps to raise public awareness about mental health issues. Established in 1992, the day is celebrated by over 100 countries every year. The theme this year is mental health and older adults.
World Mental Health Day is a key event in libraries' calendars, and provides an opportunity to highlight the important role libraries play in the health and well-being of local communities.
Throughout October, libraries will be promoting the Reading Well Books on Prescription and Mood-boosting Books schemes. There's also a wide range of library events taking place to support health and well-being, from dance and creative writing workshops to author events.
Reading Well Mood-boosting Books
Reading Well Mood-boosting Books is a national promotion of uplifting novels, non-fiction and poetry, recommended by readers and reading groups around the country.
To mark World Mental Health Day, we're inviting people to share their Mood-boosting Books suggestions.
Which books give you a lift when you're feeling low? We'd love to hear your recommendations. You can:
Reading Well Books on Prescription
Reading Well Books on Prescription provides self-help reading for adults based on cognitive behavioural therapy for a range of common mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, phobias and some eating disorders.
If you're running Reading Well Books on Prescription in your libraries, as well as making Books on Prescription displays, World Mental Health Day is the ideal time to collect user feedback forms. The data from the feedback forms can be entered into this online survey.